Brandon Barnes (DPT ’22) | Physical Therapy Program | Match Day 2022
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Brandon Barnes (DPT ’22) 
Residency Match 2022

March 17, 2022

Students from the class of 2022 are celebrating the next step in their professional journey. Here they share what has inspired them along the way and what advice they would give to new students.

Brandon Barnes (DPT ’22)Where did you match?

Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute Orthopedic Residency, Houston, Texas

What specialty have you chosen to pursue and why?

I am going to specialize in orthopedics. I chose this specialty and the Memorial Hermann program specifically because it provides me with the opportunity to refine my differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning skills. In this program I will also get to learn from experienced mentors, work as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, and gain experience teaching and serving as a clinical instructor to physical therapy students, which will make me a more well-rounded clinician.

How did you feel when you found out you matched?

When I found out I was offered the position at Memorial Hermann, I couldn't say "yes" fast enough. I loved everything that I learned about the program during the interview process, and I knew that it was the place that I wanted to be. 

What advice would you give to year one physical therapy students just starting their journey?

For physical therapy students who are interested in pursuing residency opportunities after graduation, I would highly recommend talking with your professors. The faculty at PCOM were extremely supportive and helpful throughout my search and application process. I also suggest finding ways to improve your application throughout your time at PCOM. Residency programs are highly competitive and taking steps to make your application stand out, such as taking continuing education courses or conducting research as a student, can make a huge difference.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I would like to specifically thank Dr. Miller and Dr. Friberg for all of their help and advice throughout the application process.

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